Adidas will use recycled plastic in its shoe and apparel manufacturing and eliminate virgin plastics completely by 2024. The company also plans to remove virgin plastics from its retail locations, supply chains and offices.
Alappuzha, India, is working proof that municipalities can succeed using zero-waste models. The local landfill was closed in 2012 following protests from residents, and the city has adopted composting and recycling programs to virtually eliminate waste.
The harder a problem is to solve, the more it helps to take an experimental approach to solving it, writes Adam Kahane. Leaders need to allow teams to run tests without expecting to find solutions on the first try, he writes.
Technological advances, better manufacturing processes and declining installation costs resulted in a cost reduction by one-third for wind energy between 2010 and 2016, according to the Energy Department. The domestic production of wind-turbine components also increased during that period, it noted.
E.ON's 139-turbine Radford's Run Wind Farm near Maroa, Ill., will bring in $46 million in new property-tax revenue over the next 30 years, helping to offset potential funding cuts for area schools. E.ON held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 27.
Lincoln Clean Energy is in the early stages of developing the Helena Project near Mineral, Texas, and may ask for tax-related benefits. "They're just in the preliminaries," said Bee County Commissioner Dennis DeWitt.
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy has inaugurated a new $2.5 million pier that will help support the state's emerging offshore-wind industry. The project will eventually house a wind turbine-inspired training facility that will prepare students for industry jobs.
Vattenfall has arranged a long-term power-purchase agreement with Novozymes and Novo Nordisk for its 72-turbine Kriegers Flak offshore-wind farm located off the coast of Denmark, according to the utility. The project is expected to achieve full operations by the end of 2021.
Apex Clean Energy has completed three rounds of updates and sent a final application to build its proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm in New York to the state Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment for review. The board will hold a public hearing on the proposal on Aug. 14.
A judge in Cumberland County, Maine, reviewed a lawsuit Friday challenging the decision of Gov. Paul LePage's administration to enact a moratorium on new wind development in western and coastal sections of the state. Wind-industry groups argue that the moratorium causes uncertainty in the industry.